Marcus Damanda, Novelist

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Reviews for THE SALVATION STATE


FROM BARBARA POSEY ON AMAZON


Marcus Damanda is a powerful writer who will gather you in and give you an incredible ride. From the merciless opening scene, you are plunged into a landscape of treachery and corruption hiding under a facade of holiness. It's an America that will make you weep, one that is disturbingly too possible to dismiss as fiction. Courage, integrity, faith -- will only get you killed. Rebecca, a preacher's daughter, has lived a life of faith and obedience, but finds herself betrayed and isolated, branded a criminal and given to the state. Daniel, son of a pair of outcasts, lands on the same island. Here are the Forgotten, children to be bent and twisted to the ends of a faceless power, or to be destroyed. The Salvation State is fast-paced and gripping, and the characters reach into your heart. Don't miss it!


FROM SASHA WASLEY ON AMAZON


If you like Dystopian, I recommend this. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns into a major movie.
I'm a fan of Damanda's understated, sinister writing style. There's no hyperbole or drama - he just writes what's happens. And what happens is extraordinary.
Something has gone wrong in the world and parts of America are now governed by the Salvation State, an ultra-devout, uber-conservative set of rules for living in which indviduality is maligned as a threat. Rebecca is a reverend's daughter, smart, sporty and a little too savvy. She sees through the bull***t and won't be convinced by the lies. However, all she wants is that little bit of freedom we all crave. Skipping out of school. Meeting up with the occasional boy. Experimenting with a first kiss. This is what lands her in trouble - bigger trouble than she ever imagined.
On the other hand, Daniel has done it tough. He's been suffering on the outskirts of society, finally ready to try and fit in. He needs to protect his mom and himself.
It's too late. Both of them have achieved extraordinary results on their Solomon Tests and they've been noticed by Ruth and Matthew Black.
The characters in this book have such power - you find yourself identifying with all of them in some way, no matter how well-meaning or evil. Everyone is flawed. Everyone is real. I found myself sympathising with even the most awful of characters. However, you will fall in love with Rebecca, I guarantee it. A heroine who is smart, tough and talks back. She's fantastic.
This is a mind-blowing read that grabs you in the first scene and takes you on a tense journey through a range of people's perspectives. I am dying to know what happens to Rebecca and Daniel in future. Book 2, please!

FROM JO EVANS ON A BRITISH BOOKWORM'S BLOG


How do you like your dystopian novels?  Gritty?  Tense?  Entirely plausible?  If you answered “yes”, then I suspect that this book ought to be on your list of books to read.


Told in the no nonsense style which I have come to expect from this author, this is a story of restrained, quiet rebellion playing counterpoint to the loud, brash, hypocritical approach of the so called christian leaders.


The matter of fact narrative, the plucky heroine (whom I defy you not to root for), and the (sometimes unexpected) allies she meet, all come together to make a deliciously disturbing read.


I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

FROM LEITA MCDAVID ON AMAZON


Really great take on the dystopian genre. Right when you think the genre is getting stale along comes a fresh and very unique look on a different and very plausible version of the "New America". GREAT female lead character. Haven't enjoyed a lead like this since Kim Harrison's witch hunter, Rachel Morgan, in the Book of the Hollows. Can't wait to see where the story goes from here.
Now on to the Devil is Miss Drake's Class.

FROM MEDEIA SHARIF ON GOODREADS


The intense first chapter and disturbing dystopian setting had me intrigued from the start. In a place where the church is the state, politics are corrupt and people are cruel. Two teenagers from varying backgrounds, Rebecca and Daniel, get caught up in the power play of this society. I eagerly flipped the pages to see how they would survive all their conflicts in New America. Readers will find themselves cheering them on in this high stakes plot with amazing action and characterization. I have read Damanda’s horror—his previous novels are just as amazing—and I’m glad to see he’s writing in other genres.

FROM MEETA ON AMAZON

 

The Salvation State is a well written dystopian story that teens and adults of all ages will enjoy. If you enjoyed reading The Hunger Games or Divergent, you’ll enjoy this story. When I came across this book, I didn’t know it was part of a trilogy and when I got to the final page, I was concerned that this was the end and I was desperate to know more of the story. Luckily, another reviewer mentioned the trilogy. I definitely look forward to seeing how this story is going to unfold, to see Rebecca and Daniel come into their own and how they are going to go up against the New American Unity Church and the misguidedness/evilness within it. Rebecca and Daniel (the heroine and hero of the story) are such strong and likable characters.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

FROM LAURA MURRAY ON AMAZON


The Salvation State by Marcus Damanda was one heck of a roller coaster ride. It has everything one loves in a dystopian novel, but so much more.

The world that he built was unlike anything I had ever read before. Usually in dystopian novels, there was some disaster or virus that caused the creation of the new world. In The Salvation State it is humanity and religion that cause a new, evil world to emerge.

Being a person that does not believe in organized religion, I found myself angry during certain parts of the book for good reason, the world that the book takes place in, is corrupt and frustrating. I felt so bad for the characters that had to live in this world and I was eager to cheer their triumphs every step of the way.

This book follows a young girl named Rebecca who is thrust into a world of crazy simply because she skipped school. This character was very easy for me to relate to, her snarkiness and her good girl appeal reminding me a lot of myself, which is why I very much enjoyed following her on her journey.

I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy YA lit or who enjoy a good dystopian novel. This book has a little bit of everything and it is very well written.

The only thing I did not like about this book was the ending, it does end on a cliffhanger which leaves you begging for MORE!

I give The Salvation State a 10 out of 10!


FROM JANIS F ON AMAZON


This was an excellent Dystopian book about some very complex teen characters. Absolutely worth the read and I'm waiting very impatiently for the book 2 in this trilogy.

 

FROM DEBORAH CHACONAS ON AMAZON

 

This book did not disappoint. I found myself very caught up in the characters and the story. I read the book in two days because I couldn't put it down. I was not ready for the book to end and can't wait until the next one comes out.

 

FROM RUTH BAGS ON AMAZON


Very enjoyable read. Very creative story line. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!!!

 

 

FROM SUSAN NORMAN ON AMAZON


Don't start this book unless you have some time to spend reading. You are not going to want to put it down once you start! I found myself so caught up with the characters that I didn't pay attention to how far into the story I was. When it came to the end I was definitely wanting more. Marcus Damanda is one of my favorite authors and this book is one of his best. I hope he doesn't keep us waiting too long for the next book in The Salvation State series!

FROM DEAN ROBINSON ON GOODREADS


Another great review for THE SALVATION STATE, this one penned by the estimable Dean Robinson!
First of all, it's rare for me to give a book 5 stars. I can only remember giving five stars to a couple series: JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit/The Lord Of The Rings and Rothfuss' The Name Of The Wind.

That being said, Marcus Damanda's Salvation State - Book 1 easily rates 4 1/2 stars and is one of the best dystopian futures I've ever read. If the right people get word of this story, we should see this as a movie. Mark my word.

After reading the prologue, I could not put this book down. At first I thought this might turn into a "preachy" story due to the setup after the prologue.
Boy was I wrong! I am delighted I gave the story a chance to unfold!

Damanda has created a world where an ideology has been corrupted and used to oppress. A chilling vision of where today's politics could devolve.
Damanda writes characters that are believable; a rare commodity in the current fiction market.

He created his protagonist flawed and relatable. She's a "normal" human being; like a friend who has their faults but genuinely wants to do right.
Instead of writing characters that are "evil just because", he writes his antagonist characters so that we can understand their motivation. They make seemingly logical decisions born out of their desire to "do the right thing" according to their world view.

Don't get me wrong. There are characters you are going to love to hate. But my point is these characters are not simply evil, they are fleshed out, complete and believable.

The Salvation State is a thought-provoking tale and eerily relevant to the current state of America. I can easily give this a "must read".
I am going to have a difficult time waiting for the next installment to this thrilling series.

FROM AMY VINROOT WILSON ON AMAZON


I'm a fan of speculative fiction, so I expected to enjoy this book -- but great storylines can't shine without excellent writing. Damanda delivers both a fascinating story and worthy wordcraft in this dystopian Young Adult novel. In fact, this book far exceeded my expectations, and it still has me thinking. The Salvation State reminded me in many ways of Margaret Atwood's book, The Handmaid's Tale. I don't mean that Damanda's work is derivative at all -- it's quite original -- but it does explore some of the same ideas. Atwood examined ways in which a theocratic Christian nation could affect the status and power of gender roles in society, and Damanda's book explores how relationships between parents and children could be disrupted by an overbearing religious government. These ideas are especially powerful in the context of teens and young adults, given the overriding developmental task of this age group (particularly in contemporary American culture) to balance the forming of a unique sense of self with the demands of both peer and societal conformity. The Salvation State offers so many serious ideas to consider and discuss in a book group or classroom -- I look forward to discussing it with my teens.

FROM MELINDA LANDRY ON GOODREADS


The best book by far from this author, it's a book that when you finish, you'll be wanting more. A disturbing premise eloquently brought to life, imagine if radicalism took over Christianity and distorted it beyond recognition . A true horror story. You can't help but cheer for the main characters. Futuristic, drama, dystopian, and more rolled into one. This one would be a great movie. Don't make us wait too long for the next one.

FROM CHRISTINE POTTER ON AMAZON


Full disclosure: I’m not generally a fan of dystopian novels. But Marcus Demanda’s The Salvation State grabbed me from its bang-up opening and kept me riveted to the last page. There aren’t many books that have tempted me to encase my Kindle in a Zip-Lock baggie so I could read continue reading them in the bathtub, but that is exactly what I did today.

Rebecca and Daniel, The Salvation State’s main characters, live in New America, a broken, dirty-bombed-out place where the Church has become the State. And the Church in question is a warped, fundamentalist pseudo-Christianity. Girls are especially oppressed: forbidden from wearing flattering clothing or make-up, pushed into loveless marriages, and expected to be subservient to their husbands. Doling out physical punishment is a normal and expected part of parenting. No one gets so much as a service job without church membership. Doubters are jailed—or worse. And you can get sent away from your family to a brutal “religious” reform school…for cutting school.

Fifteen-year-old Rebecca has made just that mistake—and she’s also given some lip to her pastor father. Daniel’s family hasn’t darkened the door of the local mega-church in so long that his dad has been imprisoned, their lights have been turned off, and their refrigerator is empty. But both teens are smart and daring enough that the dictatorial church-state wants to use them to further its grip on New America.

How do you survive in such a grim world? Rebecca has the answer: know how to play the game…and when to be a total badass. And her feminist badass-ery is a joy to behold. Demanda deftly gets the reader inside Rebecca’s head as she ends up running for her life and her sanity. After all, there are places worse than the reform school. There is, for example, Angel Island!

Demanda’s lesser characters are wonderful, too. There is the sweet but too-easily-manipulated Caroline; the reader sympathizes with her weakness and wants to take her by the shoulders and shake her at the same time. Rebecca’s loving, tragic mother is also a heart-breaker. A scene between her and Rebecca in the family’s attic is both a clever plot point and incredibly sad.

The Salvation State has plenty of action. There are wild, frantic chases, and really imaginative James-Bond-level technology. But this novel thinks as it crashes through the underbrush. And it absolutely grabs your heart as it thinks!

FROM "RJ818" ON AMAZON

There are very few times when I am not reading at least one book in my life. Recently I have spent my time reading books over again while waiting for something new to catch my attention. Even with numerous books available, I hadn't found anything I really wanted to read and not put down in many months. Yesterday, however, I started reading The Salvation State by Marcus Damanda and was drawn into a future world that refused to let me go until I finished. Rebecca and Daniel are both very well written characters, you can't help liking them and wanting them to succeed. The other characters surrounding them, gave greater life to the main characters, bringing more depth to their stories. this book will be one I am sure I will re-read and add to my collection. Mr. Damanda has written a captivating novel, and I am looking forward to reading more of his work as soon as possible.

FROM "OATWILLY" ON AMAZON


Wow!! Very well written and thought out. Engaging dystopian thriller! Was pulled into the story from the first page through to the end?! Waiting for book 2 and 3 now! I highly recommend this book. It made me think about which character would I be? Hope to see this series become movies! Well worth your time to read!

FROM TRICIA KRISTUFEK, WRITER, EDITOR, AND BLOGGER


It's here! The latest from Marcus Damanda is a dystopian take on the world, bringing Rebecca and Daniel together for a journey that will change their lives forever. With beautiful cover art by the talented Jay Aheer, and ~Editor's Pick~ from yours truly, and great characters, The Salvation State has it all.

FROM ALLISON MAYO ON AMAZON


I see that others have adequately summarized the premise of this fantastic book, so I won’t repeat that. This is a great read for adults and teens alike. Like so many women, the heroine, Rebecca, underestimates her own fortitude. As the story unfolds, she learns to reach deep into herself to survive and eventually begin to thrive in her new situation. I look forward to seeing her continue to learn about inner and outer strength in the sequel. Daniel, the young male hero, provides a nice foil to Rebecca. Where she lived her previous life with strong Christian faith and ritual, he was raised to doubt and question everything, and knows nothing of the trappings of religion. They will surely bring both of their life views to the fight as this story goes forward, and I truly can’t wait to see how their relationship develops in this regard.

This will one day make a fantastic movie series! I will be first in line to see it!

FROM RUTH BAGS ON AMAZON


Very enjoyable read. Very creative story line. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!!!!

REVIEWS FOR THE DEVIL AT PLAY


FROM "COLA BEAR" ON AMAZON:


I really enjoyed the entire trilogy. Normally, multiple POVs turn me off but Audrey's journey from book one to book three was very well written, as was the truth of Jack and all the other players (don't want to spoiler too much). I found Audrey's story gripping--couldn't stop reading, and read each book in one sitting.

I would recommend this book to friends, as well as to readers who like a dose of supernatural with gripping reality.

FROM RACHEL'S WILLFUL THOUGHTS:


Marcus Damanda delivers the stunning conclusion to The Devil in Miss Drake's Class series with his third book, THE DEVIL AT PLAY.

This spine-tingling thriller may be published under the Evernight Teen label, but it is far from what I would typically expect in teen fiction.

From the very beginning with Audrey's suicide attempt to her subsequent recovery, readers get a clear taste of the writer's skill in building suspense.

The paranormal element of "the observer" is especially developed in this installment as justice continues to be served regarding the Facebook Fifteen, the teens who played a role in Audrey's public humiliation.

I found this installment to be the best of the three because all of the loose ends were wrapped up in a satisfying way. It might not exactly be the most believable storyline because of the paranormal element, but there were aspects that were all too real. This was a great series that left me with chills.

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FROM LAURA AT "SMUT FANATICS"

What I Loved
          Wow this was a crazy way to end an equally crazy series but I mean that in an awesome way.  There was so much going on and I have been waiting to see how all of this craziness was going to end.  Of course since I just love Audrey so much my heart was at time breaking for her, while other times I was exhilarated for her. 

          This installment was just a rollercoaster of crazy and creepy all rolled into one.  I swear at certain points I was squirming in my seat while reading, but I loved every minute of it.  It’s weird because you ultimately kind of know how this is going to end but that still didn’t prepare me everything that happened.  I’m pretty sure I had to pick my jaw up off the ground at certain points.  I couldn’t put this story down until the very end and I was certainly not disappointed in the least.

Not So Much
          I really don’t have anything negative things to say about this story.  As I was reading I was a little annoyed that certain story lines didn’t seem to be addressed but at the end those story lines came back and were closed as well so I was very happy once again.  I guess maybe just a little bit more background detail, and maybe descriptions of what the characters look like.  I get that this is a series not a standalone but since some people won’t read all these back to back it’s good to set the foundation again for the characters because it’s hard to remember every single detail from book one and book two. 

To Sum It All Up!
          This series was a stretch for me, because I usually read adult romances and shy away from young adult stories.  So I was a little apprehensive to read a new adult horror/suspense paranormal series but I made a promise to myself to dip into other genres and I must say I am so happy I did! This was such a great series and this book in particular was so freaking crazy and put me on such an emotional roller coaster at times I wanted to scream.  I loved every minute of this book and I have just totally fallen in love with the character of Audrey.  I was to be the president of her fan club and root for her happiness every single day.  There were times that I was holding my breath with my heart pounding to see how all this was going to end and where Audrey was going to land.  I was very happy with the way things turned out and overall very happy with this amazing series. 

FROM A BRITISH BOOKWORM'S BLOG:


Wow.

What an ending to this story.  Short, sharp and deliciously dark.

I really worried for Audrey, as Jack’s plan wasn’t obvious.  But whereas the previous tales were about the planning, this one is all about the execution.  Literally.

This final volume of the story grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and hauls you along for the ride.  And at the end, leaves you with a light of hope for more for Audrey.  A feeling that this time, she may just be ok.

I found this to be a satisfying ending to the trilogy. No bottling out.  No white washing.  Just the ending that the story deserved.

FROM MATTHEW BOHLKE


Damanda's third installment in The Devil in Miss Drake's Class trilogy does not disappoint. It keeps the suspense up all the way through until a very gratifying ending!

FROM PEGGY AT UNDERCOVER BOOK REVIEWS:


You need a little page turner right now? Well one=click this book! It will have you up all night reading. It will keep you on the edge of your seat or bed. Loved every moment of this book! Now I have to go get the other 2 and read them. This author knows how to keep your attention!

FROM SAMI AT A CLOSET FULL OF BOOKS: Sami's Review:


Audrey has been through hell and is just now starting to get her life back on track. After the death of her brother, being bullied, her attempted suicide and her psychiatric stay things are finally starting to look up. She is in a new school and making friends. She has even found a boy who lies her Jack. Jack is not who he appears to be though. Jack is on a mission to rid the world of all those who hurt Aubrey and finally put an end to his long and miserable existence. Maggie one of Audrey’s tormentors however does not know how to let things go. She wants to make Audrey pay for what she thinks she has done to her. With the help from an anonymous source she comes up with the perfect plan for revenge. How many more people will die in this small town before Jack feels justice has been served? Will this final act of Maggie’s manage to break Audrey beyond all hope? A great ending to an amazing series! - See more at: http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/2015/01/the-devil-at-play-review-giveaway-and.html#sthash.SsXTHI74.dpuf

FROM MEDEIA SHARIF:


Audrey Bales, the victim of a bullying group dubbed “The Facebook Fifteen,” returns in book 3 of the series. Things are not over between her and her bullies, not when a demon is in her life who wants to seek revenge against the fifteen students who terrorized her.

Even though The Facebook Fifteen has fewer members, since some of them mysteriously perished, they are coming after Audrey. What they don’t know is that her boyfriend, the demon, has an intricate plan unfolding. Step by step, it was interesting to see all the plot turns in this novel. The unexpected, grisly, and shocking occur.

This book is intense. I was careful writing this review, since I don’t want to give away too much of book 1 and 2 for those who didn’t read them. This is an amazing horror trilogy with a satisfying ending. I’ll definitely read more from this author.

FROM SASHA WASLEY:


The Devil at play was a deeply satisfying end to the Audrey Bales saga. For me, the most enjoyable part was seeing Audrey's progress as a character. If she had been weak at the end, I wouldn't have been happy! But she really developed into a strong, but kind person. This book was more gory than the first two books but it was all in context so it worked! I liked how the story panned out and think it was a fantastic exploration of dark subject matter. Damanda does a brilliant job at nailing personalities .. good ones, bad ones, and the many nuances and quirks in between. An excellent read!

REVIEWS FOR A DEVIL IN DAYLIGHT


Reviewed by Rachel's Willful Thoughts
for TheRomanceReviews.com

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Although it is published by the Evernight Teen division, Marcus Damanda's series has all the right ingredients for a skin-chilling thriller for adult readers.

A DEVIL IN DAYLIGHT is the second book in The Devil in Miss Drake's Class Series. While I didn't read the first book, I would recommend that readers start at the beginning to get the full impact.

The storyline picks up with Audrey on the brink of a fresh start. However, the tormentors of her past are not quite ready to admit defeat. With that determination channeled into social media, it's not long before the drama kicks into high gear. Add a parallel storyline featuring a demonic character and the book quickly starts hitting high marks on the supernatural scale.

Some elements of the story, particularly the hateful teenagers and their use of social media, are so realistic that it is eerie. I found myself quickly getting caught up in the storyline.

While I could have done without the cliffhanger, it certainly was successful in making sure that I added the next installment of this series to my list. It might feature a storyline geared for teens, but it had plenty of appeal for this adult reader.

FROM "LAURA" AT THE SMUT FANATICS BLOG

What I Loved

            The story of Audrey Bales and the “Facebook Fifteen” continues in this second installment in horrifying ways.  Audrey is out of the hospital and immersing herself back into the real world, which as a reader made me a little scared for her but she definitely seemed to handle things with flying colors! I love Audrey so much and in this part she proved to me again why that statement is so true.  Like any teenage girl there are a few setbacks once Audrey comes back, but she still continues to move forward and take each day as it comes. 

            Not only do we see the progression of Audrey since she is out, we get to see what’s going on in the Face Fifteen lives’ as well, and boy oh boy do they have some hard times coming for them.  I don’t want to give too much away but I will say I will never look at fireflies the same way again. 

            We also get to meet the mysterious new figure in Audrey’s life that from the outside has securely planted himself in Audrey’s life in a positive way, but on the inside eats rotten food and likes to harm the people who made Audrey suffer.  There is so much going on in this story I don’t even know where to begin, but I will say I loved every minute of it.

Not So Much
          
           The overall plot continues really well in this story and at times it horrified me or just plain scared the crap out of me, which was awesome.  I guess my only complaint would be that the figures we got to see a lot of in book one are not as prominent in book two and that made me kind of sad.  We get to see Gale a little, but I would’ve liked maybe a little bit more from her point of view, towards the end I felt like she was forgot about more than anything. 

To Sum It All Up!


             Overall this series has been awesome, I know there is one more book coming (I think, there couple possibly be more) and I cannot wait.  This story has definitely played on conscience because there is a part of me that wants these people to pay for what they did Audrey especially since they don’t see what they did wrong and some are just true sociopaths, but at the same time I know that these people are kids and they have made mistakes.  I know deep down that Audrey wouldn’t want these things to be happening to these people and it makes me anxious for her when all of this plays out at the end.  There are so many twists and turns and dark moments that pushed my anxiety to the brink but I loved every minute of it and cannot wait for book three.

FROM A BRITISH BOOKWORMS BLOG


You know, this book lulls you into a false sense of security.  You may think that Audrey is doing ok; is getting her life back; is returning to being a normal teenager.


But…..


She is really just the piggy in the middle.  The ham in the sandwich.  The rose between…..ah you know what I mean.  But its the fact that she is so unaware of this which provides the tension against the other ‘activities’ which are going on.


And the author is very clever in the way the tension is increased.  It’s a bit insidious really; pervasive.  And I liked it!


Furthermore, the introduction of Miss Drake is a treat.  Let me clarify – I don’t like her.  At all.  But she is very well written, and her somewhat misplaced sense of her own ability reminds me of some of my own teachers (from way, way back in the day)


This is a very strong sequel to Devils in the Dark.  I really enjoyed it.   I hope you do too!


FROM PEGGY SALKILL


I have never read from this author before.  I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book or when I took it on.   But I can now say I am in love with the skills this author has.  This book was .... just.. WOW!!  It hit on reality, not just a storyline, not just a thought, but reality!  I don't want to go much further and risk any spoilers so I will leave it at..  If you haven't read this book yet...  YOU REALLY NEED TOO!  Absolutely loved it!

*Received for an honest review*

 

Undercover Book Reviews 12/17/14

FROM MEDEIA SHARIF


Audrey Bales is recovering, or trying to recover, from two things: a failed suicide attempt and the extreme bullying that led to that attempt. She starts attending a new school minus her former emo attire, but there are two entities that won’t let her be.

The first one is the Fa...cebook Fifteen, the group of students who bullied her online and in person. Their actions led to suspensions, expulsions, tense family scenes, and all sorts of other things. They want to make Audrey pay for exposing their dirty bullying secret to the public. The second entity is a disgusting, persistent demon who changes shape. He walks among the students and befriends Audrey. He looks like a normal teenage boy, but there’s nothing normal about him. He wants to ensure that the Facebook Fifteen pays for what they did to Audrey.

In this second book of the series, we finally get to meet Miss Drake. She didn’t have a huge role, but the ending promised we’d see more of her. There were many switches in viewpoints, but they flowed easily. The demonic, shape-shifting, insect-filled, rotten meat, and murder scenes were spine-tingling. Damanda is like the Stephen King of YA. I can’t wait to read the next installment.

FROM MATTHEW BOHLKE:


This book ramps up the suspense from the first book. Audrey is unknowingly caught in between two competing forces, one trying to bring her down and one defending her. I love how the book really shows the both the good and evil sides of human nature. It's hard to put this one down!

FROM A CLOSET FULL OF BOOKS


Sami's Review: All Audrey wants is a fresh start. Though she knows even at this new school they will know who she is and what she has done she can at least try and start fresh. Her therapy and drugs seem to be helping and she is ready for her new beginning. Maggie is not having any of that. She feels Audrey is responsible for her downfall and wants nothing more than to take her down, permanently if she can. Jack is also a new student at Audrey’s new school and from the start shows an uncanny interest in her. When things start happening to the four students responsible for Audrey’s mental holiday she has no idea what to think. She is finally making new friends and not being judged constantly, yet her past seems to be hounding her every step. Will they ever find who is responsible for all these “mishaps”? Will Audrey be able to handle the misplaced guilt she is feeling? Or will she break down and undo all the good she has accomplished these past months? - See more at: http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/#sthash.eI44l4Hm.dpuf

 

REVIEWS FOR DEVILS IN THE DARK

Brand new review posted on Amazon today, this one from Rachel's Willful Thoughts. Thank you, Rachel, you made my morning! :)

Although it is part of the Evernight Teen imprint, Marcus Damanda's The Devil in Miss Drake's Class series has all the components for an unsettlingly suspenseful adult read.

In the first of three books, DEVILS IN THE DARK sets the stage for a tale that combines the horrific side of teens using social media with a paranormal twist.

Every reader can identify with the feeling of being bullied as a child, or at least can recall an example. Today's version, though, involves social media, which is much more effective than items written on a bathroom wall.

At the center of the story is Audrey Bales, who has been pushed to the limits of her endurance by a group of other teens. The depth of her emotions catches the attention of an entity referred to as "the observer." As Audrey tries to pick up the pieces of her sanity within the confines of a psychiatric ward, the observer keeps an eye on the Facebook Fifteen -- the ones who had participated in the online bullying sessions.

While obviously a work of fiction, the author did an excellent job adding realistic details to the storyline. It's packed with emotion from start to finish.

The author leaves the reader ready to see what happens next. Because I initially read the second book first, I appreciated the back story. To get the most out of the series, I would recommend reading it in sequence. It's a quick read, perfect for a weekend. As a word of caution, though, this is not for the faint of heart.

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I've been looking forward to this one my TBR list for a while (too long--my TBR is getting away from me!). It absolutely did not disappoint. I was sucked in and read it in a single day. The story is heart-rending and definitely dark, but there's splashes of humor here and there that help light the way. Possibly the best part was the great characterization. Each of the characters were very well fleshed out and leapt off the page. Even in the darkest situations, I could understand motivations and found myself cheering Audrey on, while seriously loathing a few of the Facebook Fifteen. Damanda doesn't shy away from the extremely tough subjects in this novel--suicide, bullying, punishments--but it works well and is very authentic. I highly recommend this, and the next two books in the series are high on my list!

FROM SASHSA HIBBS:


Devils in the Dark by Marcus Damanda was terrifyingly delicious, sinister, and oh so good. The story focuses on Audrey Bales, poor Audrey Bales who reminds me so much of our youth today. She is the underdog, the bullied, the girl with a voice so small the ones that need to hear it don't, but there is one that does...and while scared, I'm intrigued by him.

I loved the way the author conveyed Audrey's despair, as heart wrenching as it was to watch Audrey go through her trials and tribulations, it was necessary to get inside her head, to understand and live through her pain with her. I couldn't help but think of high school when I attended and how vastly different it is now. Words didn't hurt any less then, but with Social Media today, it can pose a serious problem for kids, especially those targeted by groups of kids like the FB fifteen in this novel.

It raised all kinds of questions for me. How do you monitor bullying when you're up against the power of Social Media and the cruel kids behind it? I truly couldn't imagine having to go through it all again coupled with the new super power that is Social Media *insert a cringe here just thinking about it*

Back to the novel itself. It's gripping and powerful. The pace was fast and I loved the view points. Getting to hear the other voices only added the depth needed to fully understand the motives of those involved.

I would HIGHLY recommend Devils in the Dark to lovers of YA Adult and Horror. The next installment is loaded on my Kindle, patiently waiting for me to read it. I cannot wait to see what happens to Audrey and the band of characters Mr. Damanda so eloquently wove into this tale!

FROM JO EVANS AT A BRITISH BOOKWORM'S BLOG:


This book will bring back the stomach churning fear that bullies inflict on their prey.  In my day, bullying had to be done face to face, no hiding behind a computer screen.  Not now.  The insidious actions of the Facebook 15  and their effect is described in this book in horrible detail.

But the twist in this story is the watcher.  And now, Audrey has a champion.

I really enjoyed this book.  The author cleverly writes you slap bang into the middle of the action.  I was absorbed by the events and the interactions, which all held the ring of truth.

The underlying sadness in the tale is like background noise.  It permeates throughout the narrative, without being overt or distracting.

A great kick off to the series, and a B+ from me (4* Amazon).  I’m looking forward to reading the rest….

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What I Loved


            Right away this book drags you into the drama and depression that is Audrey Bales and her messed up life.  Audrey could be any girl that kids see in school every day, you never know what’s going on inside someone’s head and how heart breaking it can be for them to be bullied every single day.  Going to school used to seem so simple, but through Audrey’s eyes you see it as the battlefield it truly can be.  Marcus Damanda has a wonderful way of conveying Audrey’s total despair that immediately grips your heart and you instantly want to be the person to save this poor girl and tell her it gets better when you’re older. 

            I love that this story was constantly changing point of views, and the very sinister element that is the observer who lends to the paranormal aspect of this overall plot.  You don’t know much about the observer and you know very little of what kind of powers this supernatural creature holds but you know in some way this thing is very very dangerous.  As the story evolves you don’t just get Audrey’s point of view, but you get what her enemies are thinking as well, which either will make you hate them more or sympathize with their story. 


Not So Much
            I really loved this story which definitely pleasantly surprised me.  But I guess the only complaint I would have is that I wish maybe there was some more build up in the beginning and more explanation.  The story immediately drops you into Audrey’s life, and as the plot moves along you learn the events that led up to her making the decision to end her life.  To me it would’ve been awesome to maybe experience those actions rather than just hear about them.  The same can be said for this evil creature that is the 1,000 souls of dead children, like who do they answer to ultimately?  Are there others like this creature, since there are certainly more than 1,000 dead children in the world?  I would’ve liked to have learned more about all of that and maybe more background and foundation to the overall plot.



To Sum It All Up!

            This is definitely not the usual books I read and was a real stretch for me, but I want to expand my reading genres and this series definitely interested me.  I was so happy I was not disappointed in the least.  I felt like the subject matter is very current which makes the plot all the more riveting and heart breaking at the same time.  Audrey is definitely a girl any person can get behind and be the president of her fan club. I loved how the story constantly switched point of views so you didn’t just get emotionally invested in Audrey’s story but everyone’s as well.  This made me kind of love some characters while totally despise others and for me any book that brings out such strong emotions is a huge winner.  I know that I am not a teenage girl in high school or junior high so I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to relate to what’s going on, but Marcus Damanda has a way of pulling you in and bringing the story to your level so no matter who you are, it’s easy to feel and experience this story in the best way possible! 

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A grisly chat session almost turns deadly. Audrey has been bullied in person and online to the point that she takes a knife to her arm. The Facebook Fifteen, a group of ruthless classmates who led her to this point, try to hide, but they can’t. Not from the authorities, and not from a mysterious entity who’s watching them. The entity has a computer and is tracking Audrey and her bullies. This entity is the master of hundreds of souls of dead children. He’s going to go after her bullies. Audrey heals and returns home, and she has no idea what has been brewing since she’s been gone.

This book is engaging with its fresh angle in the paranormal genre. Audrey is very real and I detested her bullies, except for one of them who shows some actual compassion towards her. The entity is deliciously evil and horrific. I can’t wait to read more about Audrey and him in book 2.

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Sami's Review: Audrey has suffered through the loss of her brother and since then has been tormented in school by her peers. Even her once best friend has turned her back on her and joined the “in” crowd in their harassment. While on Facebook she becomes the subject of great ridicule that leads to her attempted suicide. While she recovers those who taunted her and were part of the cyber bullying are each undergoing their own sentences in one form or another. Little do they or Audrey know that there is an outside influence waiting with baited breathe for Audrey to join the land of the dead and to help her seek out revenge on those who pushed her over the edge. This is a gripping tale of how cyber bullying today has a real impact on our society and youth with a splash of the paranormal that will leave you turning the pages at a rapid pace. - See more at: http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/2014/11/devils-in-dark-review.html#sthash.JLGj4s1n.dpuf

 

From BARBARA POSEY

This book pulls no punches. It takes you to dark places and drags you through grief and despair, and makes you feel the full weight of the effort and courage it takes to struggle out of the dark. The first chapter could have been taken from news stories that recur too frequently -- the ones that recount the persecution and suicide of someone the popular kids have decided is a misfit. But Audrey is not a news story; she's a girl so real and alive you will forget she lives in a book. Her anguish, and her long fight to live and thrive, will grip you by the heart.

Into the familiar and solid school he creates -- you can practically smell the locker room and hear the clamor between classes, feel the elbows and sharp edges of books as the students eddy past you in the hallway -- Marcus Damanda looses a nightmare shadow bent on vengeance.

 

Life, love and loyalty in the face of darkness

Posted by George Jakopsson on 22nd Nov 2014

A story of love and loyalty among friends in a terrifying situation. No matter what happens in life your true friends will be there.


devilishly good

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Audrey's dead brother wants her to join him. Her so-called friends mock her and dare her to die. So she slits her wrist halfway up to her elbow. But that's just the beginning ...
The devils Audrey faces are inside her, and her fight to reclaim her life is compelling on its own. But the blood she shed caught the attention of a dark being, one who wants to claim her, avenge her, and use her.

Audrey finds strength and the desire to live, and she faces the battle with courage. But will all that be enough?

Devils in the Dark is a book that resonates with news headline reality: the sad story of a teen persecuted into suicide plays out too frequently in our schools. Mr. Damanda has a sure sense of the culture he writes about; these kids are real, alive, and in your face. Some of them get into your heart.

And then he opens a dark pit so a shadow seeps into that familiar world, loosing nightmare powers bent on vengeance.

I don't think you will put this book down.



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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down!, December 8, 2014
This review is from: Devils in the Dark (The Devil in Miss Drake's Class Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I loved this book. Damanda really captures the true feelings and drama of teenagers and bullies. He really makes one want to root for Audrey and her plight against a group of people who just want to bring her down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, December 3, 2014
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Wow! This one kept me up all night until I finished!

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Sinister but satisfying, February 28, 2015

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This is a layered and complex horror tale that makes you feel dismay, triumph, anxiety and relief, plus a bunch more feels. I am amazed at how Damanda managed to hold all the strings of this story together like a rather scary puppeteer! I was left shocked but strangely pleased with the outcome. I got attached to the characters, cared about them, and cheered for them when they found inner reserves of strength or compassion. The vampires are so believable. I was even able to get invested in what they cared about. A very skillful author and a deeply disturbing but satisfying read.


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I did listen to this via Audible. The narrator gets 5 stars only because I could not give more.
Definitely sets the mood.

It is very dark, and before I would have a middle schooler read it, I would suggest the parent check it out.

This is not like the other popular vampire genre you are used to. These creatures of the night and mist are different. I was surprised Casper had as much control over their behaviors as he did.

And who has total control over teenagers? Behind their parents' backs, and even in front of them, these kids find more trouble than they bargain for.
 
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Vampire Story, August 25, 2014
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The Forever Show is the kind of book that keeps you turning pages. The author has a talent for leaving a scene at just the right moment so you want to read just one more chapter to find out what happened.

Vampires, to some, have gotten boring, but Mr. Damanda's version of vampires (strigoi) are unique and interesting while still keeping some old world vampire rules. He does a good job of "fleshing out" their motivations and character, making them compelling protagonists. Forget most of your preconceived notions of vampires, because this is a different ride.

There are usually a few different characters that we're following and the switch between them is seamless and smooth, not confusing. The author does a great job of integrating a great variety of characters and events into a very coherent story. Also, the
plot has enough subtle twists to keep the reader off balance. If you think you know where this is going, you're in for some surprises. No
characters are safe, now matter how sympathetic, and that makes it truly scary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over 9000 times better then Twilight., July 28, 2014
I've read/listened to the first 30 mins of this and I'm really enjoying this vampire novel, I can't wait to hear the rest of the story. I highly recommended this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Vampire Book!!!, July 18, 2014
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I love this book. I would highly recommend this book to my friends and family. The best vampire book so far!!! One of my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, May 14, 2014
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My English teacher wrote this and I love it. I've never read a horror story before and this was a wonderful introduction. Good character development and story! Good job MR.D
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book Ever, May 9, 2014
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This book is a great teen novel by Marcus Damanda. It is a great page turner that you will not be able to put down until you finish it. It is a great art piece of literature the best I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER!!!!, March 17, 2014
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Marcus Damanda has really outdone himself in this book. It is action packed and funny. I recommend this book to anyone who likes horror, action, and adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Forever Show, March 12, 2014
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I gave this book five stars because as I was reading, I found this book to be full of horror and intrigue, humor and sadness, disbelief and wow! The emotions I felt were plentiful. It held my attention from the beginning to the end and I am looking forward to reading the sequel. I cannot wait to see what happens with Lexi but can't imagine what that would be. Only Mr. Damanda and his clever mind will tell and I did enjoy that very much!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, January 19, 2014
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Wonderful story, old school vampires in a modern setting. Highly recommend this to all the "real vampire" lovers out there. Can't wait to sink my teeth into the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and sort of twisted...I loved it, January 17, 2014
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Plain and simple this was a great read. It held my attention and I was annoyed when I had to put it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Each chapter brought unexpected twists in the story that kept me guessing and wondering what would come next. I can't wait to read Teeth!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Grabber!, January 15, 2014
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As an older reader, I dont often read books of this genre. I started to browse this one and just couldnt put it down. Mr. Damanda is an artists and uses words to paint mental pictures and plots that leaves the reader asking for more! Good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars strigoi in an Econoline van looking for a free lunch, January 14, 2014
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The Prologue to "The Forever Show" by Marcus Damanda, a Young Adult horror novel, opens with a kidnapping at an ocean side resort. Any kind of kidnapping is pretty horrific but this one has nothing to do with money or sex. This kidnapping is for sustenance and the perpetrators are a "family" of strigoi—three male and 2 female ageless vampires who travel America looking for prey. It's not an easy life, traveling the country in an old van, sometimes coming literally close to dying of thirst. Like most families, they don't always agree. Unlike most families, they survive on human blood.

Chapter 1 finds both the strigoi and a traveling carnival—Carny Tucker's Land of Fun and Fantasy— arriving in the small, middle class community of Mayfield, Delaware. It's a Friday in June, 1988, two weeks before the end of the school year, and on impulse a number of high school friends decide they'll look the carnival over—after all, the movies in town will be around for a while. They can always take in the midnight showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" if they get bored.

And then the murder and mayhem start. In three long, long days the strigoi devastate the community, leaving a trail of death and destruction before they leave town on Sunday night. But this time they are after more than a free lunch; they are looking for a girl, a very special sort of girl—one they call a "Blood Jewel"—to add to their family. And 17-year old Lexi Cartwright appears to be that girl.

There are a lot of characters in this book, a lot of scenes, a lot of things going on simultaneously in these few hours, and Damanda manages to pace and place it all effortlessly. And, not incidentally, especially when writing for young people, it is faultlessly edited. There are a slew of erotic vampire books out there, but frankly, there is too much happening in "The Forever Show" to even give that a thought. Friendship and family are what hold the people of Mayfield together; unfortunately it won't be enough this time.

Bookreview.com thinks that middle schoolers and young adults will find this great can't-put-it-down reading and look forward impatiently to another book in the series. We're also certain that Marcus Damanda won't just let Lexi Cartwright disappear into the night in that old Econoline van.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!, January 12, 2014
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The Forever Show is a book that flows from start to finish. I could feel for Lexi and her plight to take care of her family against Casper and his bad intentions.

It is a must-read for a young adult!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Horror with a retro/modern twist, January 10, 2014
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Its rare when plots suprise me these days. Marcus Damanda brought in some of my favorite strigoi basics and added unique tweaks. Charcter development is great. Looking forward to what is obviously a series in the making. Well worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME, January 8, 2014
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Read the book and I was a real page turner, I'm in middle school and usually not very picky about books, however this DEFINITLY ranks among my top favorited. It was riveting and I couldnt wait to see what happened next. Desperately hoping for a sequel.

P.S NO EDDIEEEEEE!!! *wails
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy of the Dark, January 6, 2014
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Characters are what drive this book. They intrigue. On one side there is the high school kids. With all their quirks and insecurities. Normal kids looking to have fun at the fair. Then there is Casper's family. They are not normal. They feed and kill on normal. Even among the not normal(read Vampires) they are outcast and deranged. Each character is defined by how they respond to or cause the scenes in the book. Summer's is a perfect example of how she shapes her actions to her wants and not to the head of the family Casper. Following orders is something that neither vampires or teens do well.

The writing flows seamlessly from scene to scene making the book suck you in and before you know it mayfield is home.

This book is like watching a multi car crash that was started by something innocuous then slow builds to encompass the whole road, in a good way. You know it can't get worse,right. But cars and surprises keep coming. A guilty pleasure of blood. But you knew that this being a horror and vampire book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and bloody, December 30, 2013
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Though the story is brutal and full of evil and death, the center is a strong and loving heart, full of courage and integrity. A small band of friends struggles to protect each other, their families and their town from the scourge sweeping through -- these teens face death and worse. Each of them is someone unique and worthwhile, interesting, funny, smart; together they are the heart of the story, their love and sacrifice the thread of hope for the future.

I read the book through without putting it down, and I can't wait for the story to continue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FantaStic fun, December 22, 2013
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Enter the carnival of love, hate and betrayal. A ride full of twist and turns. An ending that you will never forget..

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4.0 out of 5 stars mayhem and chaos, December 21, 2013
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Marcus Damanda has crafted a terrific story with twists and turns galore. Trying to predict where the story goes next will leave you (delightfully) dumbfounded within a few pages. The story is a real page-turner, I read the book in just over a day. I can't wait to see what Damanda comes up with next!

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Amazing read - yet another winner from Damanda. It totally surprised me with the ending. Unpredictable and exciting, I was surprisingly satisfied at the end. As with other Damanda novels, there is a cast of many but they are all memorable and wonderful characters, developed and intriguing. I very much felt for th...e teens that were at the centre of the story and was anxious to the last moment!



I just finished Teeth, and I'm still gasping for breath. This was a scary, exciting, action packed horror story. Can't wait for the sequel!

Damanda doesn't waste words. Everything in this book advances understanding of the characters or the story itself.

The most incredible part was probably the midnight attack on the detention center--you'd just have to read it to believe it.

An instant classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lights off reading, July 23, 2007
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Teeth is one of the scariest books I have ever read. The horror and romance were both done well. Best of all was the transformation and development of each character. The internal conflict of the main character was well written and on some level you could empathize with them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First book from a rising star..., August 14, 2007
A friend dangled the hook of fresh blood in the vampire genre, and I bit. From the first page I was pulled away from my world and into Damanda's, taking every turn with Nicholas as his saga unfolds. From sympathetic characters that are easy to identify with to horror you hope never to be a part of, Teeth will take you on a wonderful ride where the delineation between good and evil vanishes in a haze of love, hate and loneliness.

One of the best parts of this book is knowing that there is more to come! Damanda sets the stage for a sequel that I will be eagerly awaiting. I just closed my office door for the past 2 hours, hiding from my boss so I could finish Teeth. If you fear another tired, cheesy vampire story, don't. You will love the quality and creativity of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VampireYouth League, July 27, 2007
This book rips along with a head first(would it be neck first)dive into a vampire underworld that is claiming our children in the shadows and along deserted roads. The story is much more than a thrashing bloodfest with a complicated and engaging characters that draw the reader into the story and make them part of the true horror of the book. I found that the vampire gang as a family was one of the most interesting parts of the book. I would recommend this book to any one who wants a good vampire story,love story,young adult story,or even a good story on the cost of belonging to a family. But even more so because TEETH is an excellent book that rises above its genres.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice cup of tea!!!, August 4, 2007
Horror isn't normally my cup of tea but I took a chance and was very pleased. If you love horror fiction, vampires or just want to check out a really good book give this one a go. I am hooked and look forward to this author's upcoming projects. Great!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teeth, tongues, eyes, throats...and blood, lots of blood, May 1, 2008
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I picked up this book several months ago, interested in reading it as it stared at me from up on my shelf of "to do" reading ever since. I finally got around to it and am very glad I did. I do not read a huge amount of Vampire fiction. Well, I guess that depends on one's perspective, perhaps, as I have read several stories throughout my adult life but it has never been a staple of my reading diet. Part of that, I suppose, is the plush, Harlequinish type novels that are out there--longing, lust, and monsters with a genteel nature. I enjoyed the movie 30 Days of Night for the simple fact that the Vampires were truly monsters, not icons of lust and power that everyone envies or desires to be with. I do respect the mysterious allure and power associated with Vampires but I have grown weary of the soft or hardcore porn take that some authors like Laurell K. Hamilton have taken in their vampire based novels.
Teeth does not play nice with its Vampire archvillains. These folks are not sweet, mornful souls that you almost feel sorry for. They are brutal, vicious killers, using all their supernatural powers to plow through as many victims as they need both to sate their hunger and to have a wickedly good time. Certainly there is a aura of power and along with that incredible desire but we are never subjected to the wimpy vamps whose tormented souls get boring, fast.
Our main character, Nicolas, is an outcast teen who struggles with everyone around him--his classmates, his parents, and even himself. When the Damworths, a traveling band of vamps, converge on his small town and start wreaking havoc, Nicolas is sucked up into the whirlwind of their power and carnage. I liked the character and while I could not completely identify with his sense of being locked out of everything normal in life, the author did a great job of pulling us into his world, his tortured existense that gave the character a compelling sense of realism.
I found this author's take on vampires to be compelling as well. They are raw, brutal, and nearly unstoppable. The author does not relent, only allowing a slight glimmer of their former humanity to shine through but never allowing it to cripple them in anyway. Even if one of them can still experience love, it does not stand in the way of the destruction they unleash. There is no mercy here, no remorse or regret.
A fast paced, exciting read that made me appreciate vampires all over again.

I look forward to the sequel, which there most certainly will be based on the ending of this story. For a first time novelist, Marcus Damanda has done a outstanding job in scribing this tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goes For The Throat With Style, February 6, 2008
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Teeth is one of those books that really succeeds in taking you to a different world. Its brutal, entertaining, and better yet- it has what most books in its genre are missing- a depth of human emotion that brings the characters to life in the reader's mind. . Teeth goes way beyond the status quo for the vampire genre. Any writer can use their pen to slice and mangle human bodies all day long, but if you're not writing characters I can connect with, the cries fall on deaf ears.
-A very creative piece of fiction -Definitely a five star read
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Speed Vampire Book, September 15, 2007
This book was a real page turner from beginning to end. Normally used to the fast pace of actual Vietnam war air combat accounts, I was surprised to note that Mr. Damanda kept the air speed up and G-loading on from the very beginning to the very end of the story, leaving the reader gasping for a sequel in addition. Character development was great too, with the evolution of Nicholas and the good cop Gillis as vampire hunter. All things considered, a highly recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awwwwwesssommeeee, May 28, 2014
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Pamela Iwicki (San Pedro, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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Just like the first book this book develops an action packed and imaginative story. And as before I enjoyed the book immensely and I am happy to say I will be suggesting this book to anyone who enjoys reading. I am also very pleased to say this, Great job Mr.D keep publishing! And I look forward to any new books written by this author
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!, March 17, 2014
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Timothy (FPO, AP, United States) - See all my reviews
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This book is really cool! The new albino charater Nickolas is really creative. Also, the new story with Lexi is even MORE action packed and full of adventure!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Ooooh the darkness..., January 15, 2014
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...and the journey that started with The Forever Show continues with Teeth. The little town of Fairview has grown in the 19 or so years since the carnival came to town. And Alexis is still learning the ropes.

But Nicholas is the focus of Teeth. A teenager with a secret that drives his father crazy with hatred and his mother to drink. He hides his secret but it still causes him trouble. He's a loner and he's weak which makes him an easy target for the school bullies. But payback's a bitch...

Marcus Damanda has outdone himself with Teeth. The Forever Show does a fine job introducing us to Fairview and its "any town" cast of characters. But Teeth cranks up the intensity, the blackness and the terror. It is very difficult to review the story without spoilers so I will just say if you like horror, if you like suspense, if you like adrenalin-pumping roller coaster rides, get Teeth.

I dare you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teeth is full of action and suspense, January 12, 2014
Casper's family is at it again! The second book in the series is as great as the first. Teeth is full of action as the reader is unsure as to what mayhem the Damworth family would cause next.

The second book not only brings back Alexis in a new role from the last book, but shows the evolution of the Damworth family and the changes that inevitably happen. This time it is a small Virginia town that is under fire.

The book is one that can't be put down. It's a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyed!!, March 10, 2009
As I was reading this book I kept thinking surely SOMETHING good will happen to this poor boy Nicholas. His life, despite some of the normally-accepted requirements for success such as family and money, has been nothing but misery. No one understands him, no one supports him. His father and mother, who should be his solid support, are his worst enemies. His is a very sad existence which, unfortunately, may be more common with young people than we like to admit.

Nicholas tries to do the right thing and he tries to stay out of trouble. But trouble seems to stalk him at every turn. This poor kid's life is totally believable because nothing that happened to him in school, with girls, with family is all that unbelievable. That's a credit to Damanda's talent and, sadly, a commentary on the "real world" for some people.

The "heroes" in this story, if you need heroes, are "anti-heroes". And you soon find yourself cheering for the "bad guys" since they are the only ones willing to take control of the situation. Nicholas's is a pretty hopeless world, but he eventually discovers that there is a world where he belongs.

Teeth is a page-turner if ever there was one. Keep writing like this, Marcus, and Stephen King should get nervous! I hope Damanda's next book is finished soon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh blood in the vampire arena, July 19, 2007
Vampires have become so popular in recent years they are starting to get a little warm and fuzzy -- and maybe a little predictable as well. This book has a fresh viewpoint, an original voice, a powerful story and memorable characters. It will get under your skin and shake you up. You'll probably want the light on after you finish reading it.

The romance of vampires -- scary but sexy, and sexy very much uppermost -- has been emphasized in recent years. In this book, they don't sip their blood from lovers' wrists; they rip throats to drink deep. Talk about fatal attraction! But the author manages to imbue the vampire characters with complexity and humanity, making the reader care about their "family," their struggles and needs, their relationships and political maneuverings.

The hero is in a wonderfully impossible position that only gets worse -- until the very worst calamity shatters the crippling bindings of his life and delivers the incredible gift of acceptance and love. But can he pay the price?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needed a little more, February 5, 2010
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This was actually a pretty good book. I did think that he could have developed the backstory quite a bit more. He adds some interesting powers to the vampires, but never really explores the new rules.

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Although some of the characters in the book may have deserved to die, I didn't find it believable that main character would be so eager to become a monster. Mr. Damanda could have made that more believable by expanding the narrative a bit.

All in all, I'm not disappointed that the book was bad, because it wasn't; I'm disappointed it wasn't longer.

Oh and the editing really needs to be improved...which is not Mr. Damanda's fault.